The Gruffalo goes in and out of favour in our house (apparently the Gruffalo is sometimes too scary to read!) But I love this fantastic story and as it's currently in favour we had a go at The Imagination Tree's Gruffalo Play Dough with some chocolate play dough (recipe also from The Imagination Tree)
We read the story all together and then Little Chick set about looking through the book and looking at the pictures describing the Gruffalo. We then raided the cupboards for things that we could use.
For the purple prickles we had purple sticks and some purple play dough. The orange eyes were some coloured counters and the horns and teeth are beads from a broken bracelet. The claws are various beads and sticks. And a green bead for the poisonous wart on the end of his nose!
Little Chick and I worked on this together, I did help with some of the shaping and Little Chick did the rest, whilst we talked about what he looked like and kept referring back to the book. (I had to restrain myself from doing more of it - I love modelling things and this was so much fun!) Shoeshine meanwhile was busy with a big lump of chocolate play dough and lots and lots of sticks!
Once we'd finished our joint project, Little Chick set about making the Gruffalo's child.
The next day we had the request to do Gruffalo play dough again.
And here is the Gruffalo's child, take 2. Apparently the yellow button in the middle is it's dummy!
Such a lot of fun - thank you Imagination Tree
Little Chick 4.5 years
Shoeshine 2 years
Boo 4 months